Spiritual Boot Camp Day 14

I hope you are keeping up with our study – only two more days this week and then some time off for the weekend or you can use the weekend to catch up. Remain strong and committed and we will transform our lives and relationships with the Lord as we apply the truths from James to our lives.

James 2:14

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?

James connects faith with deeds. He is not suggesting it is our deeds that save us but he is suggesting when we truly put our faith in Christ, our lives change. The way we think, speak and act should also change causing us to walk out our faith. Our desire to want to do good deeds should increase so others can see Christ in us. Is you faith accompanied by deeds? Do you love the Lord so much you can’t help but show His love to others?

James 2:15-17

15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

James is being dramatic in these verses to make a point. James believes faith should be demonstrated in how we live and he is so right. What good is our faith if we don’t walk it out for others to see? We are supposed to change the way we live our lives in order for them to be in line with the lives God wants us to live. In what ways has your life changed as you have drawn closer to the Lord? How do you act differently today than before Christ was the Lord of your life?

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4 thoughts on “Spiritual Boot Camp Day 14

  1. Wilma

    I find myself wanting to do more, but then I get caught up in, “am I doing enough? What des God want me to do?” For me, the first thing is ‘putting on God’ and the rest will follow. When I’m smart enough and I do that, I find myself, in retrospect, having behaved in a more loving way. My problem is that I enjoy my anger too much.

    • Wilma, seeking the Lord daily to find out what He wants us to do each day is one of the best ways to stay on track. It isn’t about “doing enough” but about loving God and loving others with the love we have received from Christ. When we love others this way, we will be “doing enough”. Remember when asked, Jesus said the two greatest commandments were to love God and love others. Anger is easier for us to feel and express than hurt and pain. Opening up to the Lord about our feelings allows Him to heal us. Miss you, friend!

  2. Our love for the LORD should be evidenced by the fruit that we bear.

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